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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lining up swoop for PSG star Julian Draxler

Klopp keen to strengthen his squad over the summer to turn the Reds into genuine title challengers and Draxler could be on the market after a season of frustration in Paris

Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is aware he still needs to strengthen his squad over the coming months if he wants to turn them into realistic title challengers.

Julian Draxler is in the sights of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Julian Draxler is in the sights of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

And reports in Italy suggest on of his top transfer targets will be German international Draxler, 24.

Italian outlet Transfermarketweb.com claim the winger is in the sights of Klopp with a close season move to the Premier League being touted.

They say the Liverpool boss is showing an interest in trying to arrange a move which would see Draxler move to Anfield.

The wide man has long been regarded as one of the brightest young attacking midfielders in Europe, watched by several clubs in the Premier League.


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Draxler has endured frustration at PSG this season after being relegated to the bench

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Draxler has endured frustration at PSG this season after being relegated to the bench

But after making his big move to PSG in January last year, things have not worked out well for a player who is a key part of Germany’s World Cup plans.

He initially settled in well to life with the wealthy French club, and scored the opening goal in the 4-1 win over Monaco to win the League Cup Final.

But his standing changed last summer when PSG decided to go all out for as tilt at the Champions League by signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.


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The arrival of Neymar has seen Draxler fall down the pecking order in Paris

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The arrival of Neymar has seen Draxler fall down the pecking order in Paris

Having forked out a world record £198m on Neymar, Draxler suddenly found himself only being regarded as a squad player by coach Unai Emery.

And though he has made 35 appearances in all competitions this season, a large number of those have come off the bench.

His four goals is seen as a poor return, and there is a growing feeling in Paris that the player may ask to leave at the end of the season.

Draxler remains a key part of the Germany squad going into the World Cup

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Draxler remains a key part of the Germany squad going into the World Cup

That would no doubt be of interest to Liverpool boss Klopp, who knows well of Draxler’s ability having watched him develop as a player in the Bundesliga with Schalke and Wolfsburg.

Liverpool decided not to directly replace Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian got his wish to join Barcelona in December.

So there is still room in the squad for another creative player to bolster the potent attacking unit of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

There would be no shortage of interest should Draxler decide to leave PSG this summer

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There would be no shortage of interest should Draxler decide to leave PSG this summer

But should Draxler come onto the market, the Reds would be unlikely to be the only side interested in trying to sign the player who captained Germany to Confederations Cup victory last summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Draxler, and tried to sign the winger before he left Wolfsburg for PSG a year ago.

Should Wenger remain in charge at the Emirates at the end of the season, he too is expected to be interested in trying to set up a summer deal.